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Children's Home of Northern Kentucky Recognized for Being a Leader in Gender Equity

The Children’s Home of Northern Kentucky (CHNK) has received recognition as one of the inaugural organizations in Greater Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky to earn a Queen City Certified (QCC) Leader in Gender Equity designation during a September 26 ceremony held at People’s Liberty in downtown Cincinnati. This designation identifies CHNK as having a diverse workforce representative of the Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky region; strong gender balance at all levels of the organization; fair pay practices; and an inclusive, supportive work culture.
Founded in 2018 by People’s Liberty Haile Fellow Nicole Armstrong, QCC is the first US-based certification model for gender equity in the workplace. The model includes six categories in which CHNK was scored, including recruitment and interviewing practices, work-life support, training and professional development, equal pay for equal or comparable work, leadership and decision-making, and organizational culture. To be certified, a minimum score of 600 was needed; CHNK scored an incredible 1,130.
“Receiving recognition as a community leader in gender equity is both humbling and empowering for Children’s Home of Northern Kentucky,” said Rick Wurth, CHNK Chief Executive Officer. “This agency has been a safe place for thousands since our establishment in 1882. CHNK continues to explore new ways where all staff and clients experience safety and support regardless of gender, sexual orientation, or gender identity.” 
The first QCC cohort began the three-month certification process in July, with collaborative learning sessions and extensive self-assessments that looked into each organization’s policies and procedures. CHNK’s Chief Human Resources Officer David Howard represented CHNK in the group. Eight of the nine organizations in the first cohort were successfully certified; CHNK’s fellow Leaders in Gender Equity include:
  • Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra
  • Corporation for Findlay Market
  • Differential
  • Freestore Foodbank
  • Graydon
  • Lighthouse Youth Services
  • Women's Crisis Center 
“We have been fortunate in attracting a dedicated and professional workforce that wants to be associated with an employer that is on the cutting-edge of inclusion and diversity,” Wurth reflected.
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